How There Was an Old Lady Books Teach Early Learning Skills

With rhyming text and funny illustrations, your child will be giggling and intrigued by what unusual item the Old Lady swallows next.
Jan 11, 2022

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3-8

How There Was an Old Lady Books Teach Early Learning Skills

Jan 11, 2022

A cactus, a dinosaur, the moon — these are some of the random items the Old Lady gobbles up in her lovable book series. By incorporating fun rhymes and repetition, There Was An Old Lady books can help younger elementary school kids develop reading skills and vocabulary while they delight in each silly story. Vivid illustrations bring the pages to life while introducing sequencing concepts, patterns, and a cumulative story structure. 

Your child will be transported to the desert when they read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Cactus! There are many laugh-out-loud moments, especially when the old lady starts swallowing a prickly cactus (ouch!) or sand. Meanwhile, young readers will marvel at the out-of-this-world objects (like a meteor) featured in There Was an Old Astronaut Who Swallowed the Moon! Engaging books like these are a great introduction to STEM concepts for your beginner reader.

These light-hearted books are also a great way to captivate your child’s attention while reading. Entertaining stories like those in this series will encourage your child to talk about the text and build their vocabulary. 

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